North Texas Returns Home For Rivalry Game Against Rice
Mean Green Looking To Continue Three-Game Home Winning Streak
Sophomore Jeremy Combs is coming off a 20-point, 19 rebound effort at UTEP (photo by Rick Yeatts).
|North Texas men's basketball vs. Rice|
|Date | Time||Saturday, Jan. 9 | 1:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Denton, TX | The Super Pit (10,500)|
|Stream||MeanGreen All-Access ($)|
|TV||American Sports Network- Dave Barnett (PxP), Ben Braun (color)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM, 95.3 KHYI-FM - Hank Dickenson (PxP)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | Rice|
FREE Youth Uniform Day @ Mean Green Basketball – Jan. 9th
North Texas Basketball and head coach Tony Benford will host Youth Uniform day at Mean Green Basketball on Saturday, January 9th vs. Rice at 1pm. All Youth Basketball participants in their jerseys will receive complimentary admission. Additional tickets for family members and companions start at $8. Redeem your free youth uniform ticket for admission at any gate of the Super Pit. Additional Youth Uniform events will be conducted at all Saturday events throughout the remainder of the home season.
Parents can check out the sports zone with happy hour drink specials prior to tipoff. The Mean Green Family Fun Pack is also available for $35, when pre-ordered and $40 at the door, the family fun pack includes four tickets, plus food and drinks for four. Group ticket options start at $6 for a minimum of 10 people and we also have birthday party packages. Please contact the North Texas Athletic Ticket Office at 940-565-2527 for details.
DENTON -- The North Texas men’s basketball team is riding a three-game home winning streak and is 4-2 in its last six games heading into a key in-state battle against Rice on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. broadcasted on the American Sports Network.
North Texas almost finished the C-USA road trip 2-0 last week but came up short at UTEP, 84-75. The Mean Green had a one-point lead with four minutes to play but missed free throws down the stretch came back to hurt them. Sophomore Jeremy Combs had a monster game finishing with 20 points and a career high 19 rebounds. Combs went nine of 13 from the field and had three steals. Junior J-Mychal Reese added 17 points, six rebounds and a career high nine assists in 37 minutes. Graduate student Eric Katenda scored 12 points off the bench and was one rebound short of his first double-double with nine rebounds.
Reese leads the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and has dished out a team high 63 assists. Reese has already scored 218 points and is 56-for-75 from the free throw line. Classmate Deckie Johnson is second at 14.1 points per game after being held to just eight points at UTEP. Johnson leads the team with 33 made three pointers and is second with 60 total rebounds. Combs is third at 13.3 points per game and leads the C-USA in total rebounds with 146 (9.7 per game). Combs is 22nd in the nation in total rebounds and 32nd in rebounds per game.
As a team, North Texas is 39th in field goal percentage at 47.7 percent and is eighth in the nation in free throw attempts at 422.0. The Mean Green have made 251 free throws which puts them 69th in the NCAA.
NT remains home to face Marshall on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. inside the Super Pit.
About the Opponent: Rice
•This will be the 18th meeting between the two teams with the first ever meeting coming in 1931-32. North Texas won both regular season games last year but Rice got revenge with an 82-54 win in the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. (3/11/15) to end the season for the Mean Green.
• In the last meeting, Rice outscored North Texas 44-to-24 in the second half to cruise to an 82-54 victory in the C-USA Tournament. Jeremy Combs had 16 points and a then career high 15 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards.
• Rice enters with a 5-10 overall record and is 0-2 in the C-USA after losing two close games at UTEP (L, 61-60) and at UTSA (L, 85-80) last weekend.
• Freshman Marcus Evans leads the team in scoring at 19.5 points per game and has started all 15 games. Evans has gone to the free throw line a team best 109 times. Egor Koulechov is second on the team at 18.1 points per game and leads the team in three point makes with 43 and has pulled down a team best 103 total rebounds.